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‘Maritare’ shines love & marriage through a timeless prism

In 50 roles, 16 students bring the bard, Shaw, sages to Intimate Theatre for three-night run starting Jan. 29

Cast members
(and their many roles)

Listed below are students from Theatre Arts 310, Play Production, who are performing in “Maritare ” (with their characters).

Matt Franta: (MFA-Acting)
George Bernard Shaw
Morel (Candida)
Don Juan (Don Juan in Hell)…later as Prop 8 Debater
Duke (Twelfth Night)
Bridegroom: As himself

Alicia Tycer: (MFA- Dramatic Writing/Acting)
Bride: Viola (Twelfth Night)
Portia (Julius Caesar)
As herself

Behre Ozalp: (MFA- Acting)
Goddess Aphrodite
Cleopatra (Julius Caesar and Caesar & Cleopatra)
Eve-Behre as herself

Namir Aziz:
St. Paul of Tarsus
St. Thomas
As himself

Sophie Goldstein: (Undergraduate/TAD)
Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing)
Portia (Merchant of Venice)
Bride: As herself

Marcelo Olivas: (Undergraduate/TAD)
The Devil (Don Juan in Hell)...later as Prop 8 Debater
Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing)
Bridegroom: As himself

Evan Tamayo: (MA /TAD)
The Statue (Don Juan in Hell)…later as Prop 8 Debater
Bridegroom: As himself

Katy Groskin: (MA /TAD)
Kate (Taming of the Shrew)
Elizabethan Singer
Bride: As herself

Priscilla Johnson: (Undergraduate /Modern Languages)
Hero (Much Ado About Nothing)
Katherine of Aragon (King Henry the Eighth)

Derrick Gary: (Undergraduate /TAD)
Romeo (Romeo & Juliet)
Bridegroom: As himself

Jessica Crystal Arceo: (Undergraduate /TAD)
Juliet (Romeo & Juliet)
Bride: As herself

Javier Lezama: (Undergraduate/TAD)
As himself

Claudia Maria Schmidt: (Undergraduate/Music)
Ana (Don Juan in Hell)…later as Prop 8 Debater
Calphurnia (Julius Caesar)
As herself

Salvador Yanez: (Undergraduate/TAD)
Marchbanks (Candida)
As himself

Alejandro Sandoval: (Undergraduate/Music)
Bassanio (Merchant of Venice)
As himself

Bryana Manly: (Undergraduate/TAD)
Sharon, the Rose (Solomon's Shulamite)

Photo of Behre Ozalp as Aphrodite

As it takes to the stage, “Maritare” draws upon one of the first words on marriage, adds some ancient and modern ones, and does not even try to get the last word in on the subject.

The staging features 16 Cal State L.A. student-actors 50 different roles. Performances will be in the Intimate Theatre of the University’s Luckman Fine Arts Complex Jan. 29-31 Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Event details

Friday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 30, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 31, at 2:30 p.m.

Intimate Theatre, Luckman Fine Arts Complex
California State University, Los Angeles

Directed by Professor Theresa Larkin and featuring Cal State L.A. students, this original performance showcases classic works depicting marriage, love, passion, envy, and a dash of socialism, conceptualized for our contemporary society.

Tickets: $16 General, $12 Seniors & Students, $8 CSULA Students only.
Available at
. For details, call (323) 343-4110.

More than a dozen characters will project William Shakespeare’s take on marriage, including Romeo and Juliet, Kate and Petruchio (from “The Taming of the Shrew”), Benedick and Beatrice (from”Much Ado About Nothing”), and  Katherine of Aragon (“King Henry the Eighth”). Other perspectives will come from George Bernard Shaw, the Devil, St. Thomas, Margaret Mead, and Rumi.  (See sidebar for full cast and roles.)

“Maritare” was conceived and compiled by Professor Theresa Larkin of Theatre Arts and Dance. Also its director, Larkin describes the ensemble piece performance as “an exploration, a meditation, a debate, a celebration and a revelry of song, dance, sonnet, soliloquies, and scenes from some of the most brilliant passages on marriage and love from the dramatic canon of the ages.”

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“The controversy of whether love should reign supreme above the states’ laws” currently stewing around the world gives the staging additional modern relevance, she says.

Also the production’s director, Larson says that by taking aim at marriage from an array of angles, the script “examines what marriage has been through the ages and how it has evolved into a legal, fiduciary and sexual contract.”

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It incorporates the Christian teachings of St. Paul, the Gnostics, Sufism, and goddess culture; and the student cast also performs Shakespearean segments (including from “Merchant of Venice,” “Julius Caesar” and “Anthony and Cleopatra”) and selections of Shaw (from “Candida,” “Don Juan in Hell” and “Getting Married”) in a variety of highly eclectic performance styles.

“The common theme in the performance approach is excellent, truthful and articulate speech acts delivered in a heightened emotional performance style,” says Larkin. “The overall goal is an evening filled with passionate portrayals from the actors. Commitment, verve, and classical style all wrapped up into an engaging discussion of two very important aspects of society: Love and marriage.”

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